Ascent of Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes on 2018-01-21

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes
    Elevation:2150 ft / 655 m

Ascent Trip Report

Standing near the summit on mont Bleu, I had only a few tens of meters to cover to grab this high point. Following the cleared support cable swath at the base of the aerial, I went a bit further than the bottom, into the trees, before backtracking to the summit. From there, I kept my snowshoes on in expectation of the shortcut under the powerline I had spotted on the way up. The plowed road along the ridge was covered in wind drift anyway and when I was back on the weather slopes, I didn't have long to hike on the road.

When I went over the snowbank and down into the snowmobile trail, I found it quite stable and I didn't sink in much. It made for an easy shortcut and i was quickly back on the road. I removed my snowshoes and kept going. When I reached the gate for the driveway at log cabin near lac Simard, I found it closed and my footsteps were smudged by tire tracks. At the upper gate on the road, I was surprised to find it closed and locked too. I was glad to have chosen to park near the highway as I wondered if even the first gate would be closed when I got there.

The whole descent was uneventful and when I finally reached the trailhead, I saw that the first gate was still open although I have no idea if it gets locked sometimes. My advice is to park near the road. As I packed, I pondered on my will to try and grab mont Deux Mille. In the car, I didn't think twice and turned left on HWY 289, heading for the next summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:194 ft / 59 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1048 ft / 319 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:None, simple descent from summit
    Start Trailhead:Slope point itself  2150 ft / 655 m
    Time:0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1048 ft / 319 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 854 ft / 260 m; Extra: 194 ft / 59m
    Gain on way out:194 ft / 59 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.5 km
    Route:Comm towers access trail
    End Trailhead:First gate on chemin du mont Bleu  1296 ft / 395 m
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mont Bleu (Jan. 2018)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2018-01-21 b998 ft / 304 m
2Mont Bleu-Northeast Slopes2018-01-21 c194 ft / 59 m
Total Trip Gain: 1192 ft / 363 m    Total Trip Loss: 1209 ft / 368 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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